American Indians have traveled to Libya in defiance of United States restrictions to

 pick up a $250,000 prize from Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to honor their "struggle

 for freedom."

Colonel Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, did not attend the ceremony, on

 Monday night, which was used to criticize the "imperialist policies"

 of the United States, Israel and the West.

Mohawks, Chippewas, Dakota Sioux and Choctaws, some wearing

 feather war bonnets, joined indigenous people from Canada, Mexico,

 Chile, Bolivia and Panama to receive the "Qaddafi International Prize

 on Human Rights."

The 21 representatives of North and South American tribes said the

$250,000 would go into a fund for all Indian nations.